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Hunt, Pam

Professor and Coordinator, Moderate/Severe Disabilities Program Area

Special Education & Communicative Disorders



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Educational Background


Pam Hunt is a professor in the Department of Special Education and coordinator of the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Program Area. She completed a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in psychology, a teaching credential and MA degree from San Francisco State University under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Sailor, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, through the joint doctoral program in special education (UC, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University).


Research Interests

Dr. Hunt's research interests include communication and social competence for students who experience significant disabilities; inclusive education and the development of social supports for students with intensive support needs who are     members of general education classrooms; and collaborative teaming and school restructuring to create school communities in which all students are valued and fully participating members. Dr. Hunt has a demonstrated publication record of research in each of these areas and has presented her research studies at numerous national and state educational conferences. In addition, she is currently serving on the editorial board for the professional journals Research and Practice in Severe Disabilities, the Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, and the Journal of Special Education.


Recent Publications


McDonnell, J., Hunt, P., Ryndak, D., & Jackson, L. (in press). Educational standards for students with significant intellectual disabilities: A response to Lou Brown. TASH Connections,


McDonnell, J., & Hunt, P. (2013). Inclusive education and meaningful school outcomes (pp. 155-176). In M Agran, F. Brown, C. Hughes, C. Quirk, & D. Ryndak (Eds.), Equity and full participation for individuals with severe disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks.


Hunt, P., McDonnell, J., & Crockett, M. (2012). Reconciling an ecological curricular framework focusing on quality of life outcomes with the development and instruction of standards-based academic goals. Research and Practice for Persons With Severe Disabilities, 37(3), 139-152.


Mortier, K., Hunt, P., Leroy, M., De Schauwer, E., & Van Hove, G (2010). Communities of practice in inclusive education. Educational Studies, 36(3), 345-355. The most downloaded article published in Educational Studies in 2010 and, therefore, included in the Routledge Education Class of 2011.


Mortier, K., Hunt, P., Desimpel, L., Van Hove, G. (2009). With parents at the table: Creating supports for children with disabilities in general education classrooms. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 24(4). 337-354.


Hunt, P., Doering, K., Maier, J., & Mintz, E. (2009). Strategies to support the development of positive social relationships and friendships for students who use AAC (pp. 247-264). In G. Soto & C. Zangari (Eds.), Practically speaking: Language, literacy, & academic development for students with AAC needs. Baltimore: Paul Brookes.

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